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On June 18, 2021, a new Google Chrome policy will go into effect that will require extension developers to list "in clear and easy to understand language" the data they collect.



"The new policy requires developers to certify their data usage practices and display that information directly on the Chrome Web Store listing, to help users understand an extension's privacy practices."




Deadline: January 2021



This is one more step in the effort that Google has been making in recent years to make Chrome extensions more secure. For this, the developers they will have to list this data collection by categories.




These categories include personally identifiable data, health, financial information, location, history and user activity. An example breakdown can be seen in the image below:




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Another important point is that developers will have to commit to this new policy, which explicitly prohibits the sale of third party data. The creators of extensions can, from this moment, start showing this information (they have, as we have indicated, January 18, 2021 as a deadline).







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Also, Chrome will take care of alert about extensions that do not comply with this policy (They may offer a time frame for this to happen, and end up blocking extensions that don't complete the transition).




"For developers who have not yet provided privacy information prior to January 18, 2021, a notice will be displayed on their Chrome Web Store listings to inform users that the developer has not yet certified compliance the limited use policy. "





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It is an important step, since in recent years we have already talked (on many occasions) about the dangers of installing extensions that we are not completely sure of.